Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette

2006 was the year that Bobbi Brown released her famous Chocolates Palette.
I never owned it, but judging from the online photos and hype it was quite possible in my opinion one of the most perfect palettes ever created. *Shaking fist*

Had it ever been re promoted I am pretty sure I would have flown to the store to purchase two, but alas this never happened. 
Every year I have been waiting and waiting -along with many other Chocolate palette lovers for the re release of something as great.
Year after year Bobbi released several palettes but none seemed to have that magical perfect truffle addicting combination, then the promotion images of the Fall 2013 collection came out, and my eyes grew with excitement @.@

Bobbi Brown's Rich Chocolate Eye Palette



Beautiful is it not? 
Seven decadent shades of chocolate, a neutrals lover eye candy.

I had been waiting for this, waiting so many years a perfect palette. Perfect size, perfect shades, mini brush.
Though Bobbi is quite a palette producer those of her recent collections had not really caught my eyes.
But this one was a purchase!
Seven shades mostly matte, one shimmer, and one sparkle.
Admit tingly I have never been a fan of her Sparkle formula, quite chunky for me, but for New Years Eve I can see this added to the middle of the eyes for a bit of dazzle.

The matte shades all have a beautiful pigment. Smooth and rich. From her classic Bone to her most decadent Rich Chocolate shade. I have to say, this seemed to be one of her better offerings in quite some time! 
I have played with this palette a bit and was very smitten with the shimmer almost there shade of Champagne Truffle. One of the two shades not very high in pigment but I loved the barely there sheen.
The mattes are beautiful and smooth. Bobbi's shadows always seem to have the slightest bit of chalkiness to them, but nothing to break the deal about.


Now you may be wondering where are the swatches?
Let me re iterate by saying this is a very fine palette. Outside the one sparkle shade, I did like all the shades, the pigment, the packaging, even the brush was alright for a free bee.
But, I returned it.
Again, nothing wrong with this beauty! But for me, the shades were just a smidgen too dark for me. I have small eyes, and I do everything I can to make them look bigger. These shades, were a bit too dark for my shadow taste and I was not loving the way it looked on my eye shape. 
This again is complete personal preference.
I've come to the point in my collection where if I do not see a product being a complete love affair, I no longer keep it. The shades had they been just a smidgen lighter might have been my go to for years, ack!! it killed me, but I knew it just was not for me -shade wise!

Overall Thoughts: Beautiful and handy packaging. Notable pigmentation on matte shades ( not everyone can do this people) one lovely shimmer shade, and a brush that can do the job on the go. 
Would highly recommend for a neutral lover who is obsessed with everyday browns and yummy chocolate shades as the next. 
Thumbs up Bobbi. 

Pssst! (I'm still waiting for that 2006 re promote though!)







Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Currently in My Shopping Cart - Fall Wear

Fall is calling and my wardrobe requires a bit of a wooly boost. Here are some of the items I am currently lusting over...
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All items can be found on ASOS.com


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Summer Essentials and a few Weekly Updates


It's summer and that lazy feeling has most definitely sunk in.
Though it's beautiful out, I'm lounging around in the house under the wonderful AC and decided to be more productive by providing a small update on life.

Summer Essentials


The current beauty rut I have been in.
I'm loving all the products so I don't mind one bit ;)

The Routine
I start off by using my By Terry Touche Voluptée which I have JUST found out how to use appropriately and now LOVE but  is on it's last legs (not pictured). I mix my sunscreen with a bit of Fresh High Noon Face Glow primer (2nd tube) and slap this sheer tinted face cream all over the face as a glowing base. I pin point conceal a la Lisa Eldridge with my Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage using an eyeliner brush -MAC 211 to be specific. I apply to my temples, cheekbones, and jawline, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder ( love love love) with a big Eco Tools bronzer brush, and highlight with my new RMS Living Lumizer (still testing this out)
I skip liner and shadow and apply Maybelline's one by one waterproof mascara ( a winner!) and finish off with a slick of Aquaphor, and YSL Rose Dahlia lipstick, and press it into my lips with my fingers for a more stained effect. 

I love all the products I am currently using and would recommend the whole lot!
(Still testing out the RMS though!)

I have always been curious aka DYING to try RMS Beauty but since it's hard to find in stores I have always been hesitant. I was lucky enough to walk into a shop that not only sold the line, but Rose Marie Swift was there! When the founder of a beauty line recommends the perfect shades for you, you tend to listen!


That's how big my smile was that day!
I'm the short one in the photo! 


Alongside my make up favorites are these guys!
Bumble and Bumble Texture paste. You need a good hair wash after this stuff, but for that lived in beachy 1 day look, this is a favorite of mine. L'Occitaine Almond Milk hand cream, and those famous Anthropologie initial cups I always loved and never purchased was recently gifted to me. Love these babies.

Wardrobe wise I have been stuck. Not so much for not wanting, but I just never have any luck :(
The search for the perfect white blazer continues. This was a contender until I saw all the remaining stock sizes were too big :( 
I never score in sales...


Hope you enjoyed the weekly updates. 
Sharing the view I saw this morning on my run today as the finale!


Summer. 




Sunday, August 4, 2013

Daily Postcards

Anyone miss these?
Current snapshots taken from my Iphone.



Hope you enjoyed the little tour :)


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Chanel Les Beiges


The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow powder that the beauty world has been talking about for months has finally arrived stateside! I was long anticipating this powder and it's rare I actually purchase something long anticipated. Usually I am disappointed when I see it in person but hopefully this one leaves me impressed.


I purchased shade 30. Shade 20 matches my skin tone perfectly but shade 30 gives me a bit of a colored summer glow.
The SA applied shade 30 to my face first (the shade Giselle is wearing in the photo by the way) and I thought it looked so uplifting and brightened and healthy. She then removed it and applied shade 20 and I thought...Oh. Let's get that shade 30 back on!
I own several pressed powders so this is a nice addition to my collection that does not go as far as bronzer level nor mere pressed powder for me.


Chanel's new powders can be used a multiple of ways. A sheer base powder, bronzer, or like myself, something in between. I am very satisfied with the color I chose and can write a more in depth review in the future once I play around with this if anyone is curious. 

Happy weekend everyone!

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